“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” Garrison Keillor: Leaving Home It’s that time of year again. There’s no mistaking it; at least, not in our local supermarket where every aisle is adorned with sparkly tinsel and Wham, Slade and other Christmas hits are … Continue reading SO NOW THAT IT’S CHRISTMAS, WHAT’S A WRITER TO DO?
“Punctuation, is? fun!” Daniel Keyes: Flowers for Algernon Or should that be ponderous punctuation because, to be frank, punctuation is something many of us endure rather than enjoy. We do it because we have to, knowing that, if we don’t, dire consequences may result. For here’s the thing – punctuation may be small, but it … Continue reading PONDERING PUNCTUATION
“I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.” Isaac Asimov (world-renowned science fiction writer) Every life has its Big Decisions – those ‘Do I? Don’t I?’ moments where we know with gut-wrenching certainty that saying ‘Yes’ will change the rest of our life forever. Big Decision examples … Continue reading TAKING THE PLUNGE – should I write a novel?
“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” Abraham Maslow (American writer and psychologist) There comes a point when the sound of the early morning wake-up call of the alarm buzzing in your ear like a recalcitrant bluebottle barely registers, your hand cancelling it robotically in a reflex action that is purely instinctive, requiring no thought at … Continue reading PRESS PAUSE
“The beginning of a plot is the prompting of desire.” Christopher Lehmann-haupt (American journalist, critic & novelist) To plot or not to plot? If you want to set the cat among the pigeons, just ask this question to any bunch of writers, then stand back and watch the fur fly. It’s a biggie. Bigger than … Continue reading THE PLOT THICKENS
“If you treat your characters like people, they’ll reward you by being fully developed individuals.” Don Roff (writer & filmmaker) It’s the Geppetto syndrome. We have all the tools and we know how to use them. We angle the chisel just right to take off another centimetre or so here and there, attach the strings … Continue reading PUPPET ON A STRING Creating believable characters
“O let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven! I would not be mad. Keep me in temper, I would not be mad!” William Shakespeare: King Lear “Are you crazy?” I hear you say, “What’s not to like about a life where you set your own hours and nobody tells you what to do?” … Continue reading KEEPING SANE in the mad, mad world of freelancing…